Apr 2, 2024 - News

🦫 Punxsutawney Phil, Phyllis get encore

Groundhog handler AJ Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil.

Can woodchucks smoke celebratory cigars? Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

It must feel like Groundhog Day for songwriter Oliver Richman.

Why it matters: The TikTok sensation has recorded a follow-up to his hit song, "The Ballad of Phil and Phyllis," after learning that Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog couple recently welcomed two babies.

The big picture: The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club announced the newest additions in a post last week, per the Washington Post.

  • While Phil successfully predicts the seasonal forecast about 30% of the time, he was flabbergasted to learn he was becoming a first-time father at the ripe age of 138.

What happened: Richman's first song explored the complicated relationship between Phil, who lives forever with the help of a magical elixir, and his mortal wife.

  • The song was viewed millions of times on social media and inspired creators to post their duets about the starcrossed rodent lovers.

Zoom in: Richman's heart-tugging serenade from Phyllis, which has drawn thousands of likes and shares, focuses on the couple's legacy that'll live long after she's gone.

What they're saying: "Nothing's supposed to live forever," Richman sings while melodically playing the piano. "Nothin's supposed to last that long. That's what they say, Phil. It all goes away, Phil."

  • "But something deep inside me knows they're wrong. If nothing's supposed to live forever, I'll give you a part of me I guarantee you'll find in the winters and the springs, in the song your shadow sings. Forever is the things I leave behind."
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